North Vancouver to start Urban Farm

Their city council, which is separate from ours here in Vancouver, has passed a motion allowing for the use of park land in a UBC led urban agricultural project. It is a five year pilot project.

We’re still working on some urban agricultural initiatives in the DTES and will be participating in the Resilient Cities shoulder event being put on by Smart Growth BC dealing with urban agriculture. See you at the Ideas Jam.

Ideas Jam
Tuesday October 20th
7:30pm–10:00pm
Century Restaurant & Bar, 432 Richards Street, Vancouver

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Grey to Green

“Grey to Green” is a unique introduction of community arts into an unlikely space: a parking lot and back alley in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Infrastructure improvements and programming will revitalize this formerly challenged space, turning it into a stage, a screen, and an outdoor gallery.

The purpose of this event is to introduce the community (residents, local arts organizations, other organizations, and businesses) to the recently refurbished parking lot at 150 Cordova Street. The event will preview for the community the future plans for the lot and surrounding lane area that include:

  1. A mural project for the back wall of 319 Main Street.
  2. An “Art Fence’ project that will turn the fence that surrounds the parking lot into a canvas for the local artists.
  3. Special public events to be held by local arts and community groups in the lot.
  4. The inclusion of the parking lot and laneways as a student design project at the BCIT Architectural Ecology Institute’s fall of 2009 class.
  5. Future open-air movie nights – to be held in the renewed lot.

BOB's Old Alley and Parking Lot

This is BOB‘s old alley and BOB’s old neighbor so we’ll try to drop by. It really is a big change from how that alley used to look and they used some DTES residents to do the labour. To learn more about Grey to Green visit the William Vince Foundation website.

Hear Michael Ableman

Word just came through our network of informants (Hi Hendrik) that Michael Ableman author of “Fields of Plenty” is coming to speak at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver October 21st at 7:30pm.

You can learn more about this event the Edible Garden Project website which is putting on the event. Tickets are ten dollars.

Vancouver’s Inner-city gains another green roof

Vancouver’s green inner-city cluster member Radha Yoga and Eatery has completed the installation of their green roof and are inviting the public to come down and check it out. The Project in Place Society is hosting their first ever green-roof raising Sept. 11 at 728 Main St.

They are encouraging people interested in learning more about green roofs or the industry and regulations surrounding them to come on down. See you there.

Gardens on Hastings Street

I made a point of walking down East Hastings Street today and getting some photos of the various community gardens.  Even though we’ve entered September there are still a lot of blossoms blooming in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Building Opportunities with Business and the Green Inner-city Cluster are working hard to bring agriculture back to Strathcona.

Community Garden

Hastings Community Garden

DTES Neighborhood House

Community Garden

Another Garden on Hastings

The Quest Continues

For Vancouver to become the world’s greenest city.  Mayor Gregor Robertson has hired ,as deputy city manager, Sadhu Johnston formerly of the City of Chicago.

Sadhu is given much of the credit for helping make Chicago greener.  Listed as accomplished during his time there:

During Mr. Johnston’s time in Chicago, the city put a green roof on its city hall, introduced a special permit program for builders of green buildings that put them at the head of the line and waived fees, attracted the headquarters of nine international wind-energy companies to the city, and installed 12,000 bike racks. In a Chicago Sun-Times article about his departure this week, he was called the “whiz kid who spearheaded Mayor Daley’s greening of Chicago.”

Mr. Johnston had this to say to the Globe and Mail about the move:

“With the city being on the world stage, it’s important that we communicate what’s been done and Vancouver’s leadership position. Green jobs and green economic development could build off that position to get additional market share, Chicago is a larger city, but I feel like Vancouver’s really poised to move the sustainability agenda forward.”

The Green the Inner-city cluster has some news of its own, but once again we’re upstaged by the Mayor.  😉

Frances has more info here.